To Horace Mann
but six lines—what can I say? I perceive, by what you mention of the cause of his disorder, that Rucellai does not turn out that simple, honest man you thought him—come, own it?
I just recollect a story, which perhaps will serve your Archbishop on his Don Pilogio*—the Tartuffe was meant for the then Archbishop of Paris, who, after the first night, forbad its being acted. Moliere came forth and told the audience, 'Messieurs, on devoit vous donner le Tartuffe, maia Monseigneur 1'Archeveque ne veut pas gu'on lejoue.'
My Lord is very impatient for his Dominichin; so you will send it by the first safe conveyance. He is making a gallery, for the ceiling of which I have given the design of that in the little library of St. Mark at Venice: Mr. Chute will remember how charming it was; and for the frieze, I have prevailed to have that of the temple at Tivoli. Naylor10 came here the other clay with two coaches full of relations: as his mother-in-law11, who was one of the company, is widow of Dr. Hare12, Sir Robert's old tutor at Cambridge, he made them stay to dine: when they were gone, he said, ' Ha, child! what is that Mr. Naylor, Horace ? he is the absurdest man I ever saw!' I subscribed to his opinion; won't you ? I must tell you a story of him. When his father married this second wife, Naylor said, 'Father, they say you are to be married to-day, are you?' 'Well,' replied the Bishop, 'and what is that to you?' 'Nay,
9 The Archbishop of Florence had forbid the acting of a burletta called Don Pilogio, a sort of imitation of Tartuffe. When the impresario of the theatre remonstrated upon the expense he had been put to in preparing the music for it, the Archbishop told him he might use it for some other opera. Dover.
10 He was son of Dr. Hare, Bishop of Chichester, and changed his name
for an estate. Wdlpole.—Francis Hare-Naylor inherited Hurstmon-ceaux Castle from his mother, Bethaia Naylor.
11 Mary Margaret, daughter of Joseph Alston, of Edwardstone, Suffolk, from whom she inherited estates in Suffolk, Norfolk, and Buckinghamshire.
!2 Francis Hare (d. 1740), Bishop of Chichester.